Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard have welcomed the decision to appoint a female referee for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Stephanie Frappart will become the first female to officiate a major UEFA men’s match when Lampard’s Chelsea face the European champions in Istanbul.
Liverpool manager Klopp says he must be careful to control his emotions in front of the Frenchwoman, “otherwise my mum would be angry”.
“I have a lot of experience with female referees in Germany. It took a while before she was considered – not by the professionals, more by the referees – to be ready. Meanwhile, she has settled and I am really happy we can be part of this historic moment.
“It is a very smart decision to have a woman to be the referee in a very important game before millions of people.
“I am pretty sure, with all the emotions involved, we will all try not to make it more difficult than the game is. I will be showing my best face, otherwise my mum would be angry.
“It is the first one, so maybe that makes it more special, but I hope it is not the last.”